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[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic - Spam Firewall stops forum spam
Mod Version: 2.1.2, by GlowHost.com (Coder) GlowHost.com is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (555 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4733
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23822
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If you install this mod, please mark this as "Installed."

VERSION 2.1.2 RELEASED 5/28/2013!


About Spam-O-Matic 2.x:
Spam-O-Matic 2.x (SOM) is a spam firewall for your vBulletin Forums version 4.x and later. It prevents known spammers from registering on your forums. If they can't register, they can't spam!

Languages Packs Available
English
German - Courtesy of [email protected] (included in zip)
Romanian - Courtesy of Teascu Dorin's (included in zip)
Spanish - Courtesy of vbluis (included in zip)

How it Works
This data responsible for blocking user registrations comes from the stopforumspam.com (SFS) spammer database. After the user who is trying to register passes the built-in vBulletin registration checks which you have configured in your vBulletin settings, SOM then checks the SFS database to see if the IP, username, or email address that the user is trying to register with has been recently tagged as a known spam source on other forums around the Internet. Also can be configured to check the Akismet service for known comment spam.

This is without a doubt, one of the most important mods that you will be using on your forum.

Other Notable Stuff
It also does a ton of other cool stuff like moderating posts automatically if the post is found in the Akismet database, or if it contains words on your "Bad Words" keyword list which can be configured within the mod itself.

The mod WORKS with vBulletin's new Facebook integration.
This module works with all of the Facebook functions that are built into the vB4 series.
Similar mods do not handle Facebook integration completely.

This module has the ability to submit new spammer details to the StopForumSpam or Akismet databases automatically, all without any new templates or manual template modifications!

This means other forums that are running Spam-O-Matic will not have the same spammer on their forums if you have (automatically) reported the spammer to the SFS database.

Just install the product in the product manager, upload a few files, configure the system and you are done. (Estimated time: 5-10 minutes)

What's new in 2.1.0:
  • Fixed a problem with MySQL engine selection to make mod more compatible with different types of servers.
  • When SOM "Newbies Group" is activated + vB's native option to "Verify Email address in Registration" is activated at the same time, "Users Awaiting Email Confirmation" must click the verification link to become a newbie.
  • Added remove user, post, ban to user profile options in admincp under "Quick User Links"
  • Added German Language Pack
  • Optimized default settings to work with the needs of most forums
  • Added a new coupon for GlowHost (available after you submit a spammer)
  • Several other performance tuning options

Feature List:
  • Optional Public Statistics. Show off to the world how many bad guys you have automatically prevented from posting junk on your forum.
  • Auto-Moderation moderates posts that have links, bad words, and other configurable settings.
  • Auto-Moderation ignores your RSS posts.
  • Registration / Denial Logs available from Admincp > Statistics and Logs
  • Optional "Newbies" Manager! After registration, newly registered users can be placed in a "Newbies" group which has more limited permissions as compared to your regular "Registered Users" group. Newbies will graduate to your Registered Users group based on your required post count settings.
  • Auto-Submit Spammers from the moderation tools menu on each postbit.
  • Remove Posts, threads, PMs, Calendar Events from your spammer in one easy wizard. No double logins needed.
  • Shows other users who signed up with the same IP. (Sleeping Spammers)
  • Optional Affiliate System
  • ~50 customizable settings to fine-tune Spam-O-Matic to your exact needs.


A) StopForumSpam:
The StopForumSpam Module lets you:
  • Check a registrant's IP address.
  • Check a registrant's email address.
  • Check a registrants Username.
  • Disable or enable any of the above checks.
  • Block and log, or, allow and log known spammers.
  • All registration attempts are logged for your viewing pleasure.
  • Several other performance tuning options
If a user (or bot) tries to register on your forum and they pass the built-in vBulletin registration system. (Human verification, email verification, etc), their registration details are then passed to the Spam-O-Matic firewall for further checking.

NOTE: You should use some sort of human verification checking in vBulletin's built-in options to limit the number of requests to the already heavily-loaded StopForumSpam database servers. This will also prevent additional load because SOM will not have to do anything if the bot/spammer fails preliminary registration validation which is built-into vBulletin itself.

It is completely invisible to humans who are registering that this process is taking place. Bots are stopped dead in their tracks.

If a spammer is able to sneak past the first line of defense, and manages to post, then there are secondary, tertiary, and, uh...4th level protections too!

B) Auto-Moderation:
Auto Moderation lets you:
  • Define how many URLs a new member can post before being sent to moderation.
  • Define keywords that will send a post to Auto-moderation (viagra, porn, more here)
  • Define minimum post count to avoid Auto-moderation.
  • Excludes admin and moderators from Auto-moderation.
  • Completely disable Auto-moderation if you don't want it.
C) Akismet Service
Spammers that make it past the StopForumSpam and Auto-Moderation will be checked against the Akismet service. If they manage to make a post, and then are found on Akismet, they can be auto-moderated.

The Akismet settings let you:
  • Set the number of posts that Akismet will check from each user. After this number is exceeded, Akismet checking will be disabled for that user.
  • Auto-Submit spammers that post on your boards back to the Akismet service so that other forums and blogs do not do not receive the same spam.
  • Completely disable the Akismet service.
D) Newbies Manager
Should you decide to enable this option, you can create a new usergroup and then tell Spam-O-Matic about it. Once SOM knows about this usergroup, and once enabled, all new users will be part of the Newbies group. The idea here is that you make a Newbies group that has limited forum permissions. For example, no signatures, no BB code, no images, and etc. This group is created completely in the vB admincp. Spam-O-Matic simply makes it the graduation process to the normal Registered Users group, automatic.
Learn More and Discuss the Newbies Manager here.

Punitive Actions:
If you find a spammer has made it past your 4 front-lines of defense, and has managed to post on your forum, then you can help the community...

The spammer's details can be sent to the Stop Forum Spam and Akismet databases automatically, preventing them from registering or posting on other forums. When other forums do the same, the protection is reciprocated.

Simply moderate a post and choose the option to "Delete Posts As Spam..." an then choose the option to "Ban User." Banning the user sends their details to either Akismet, StopForumSpam, (or both) depending on how you set it up.

API Keys:
API Keys are not required for this system to stop spammers on your forums. But you should obtain them so that your forum can contribute to the real-time block lists.

A StopForumSpam API key is required if you want to contribute to the StopForumSpam blacklists by adding your spammers to their database. By submitting spammers you help keep other forums and blogs clean.

An Akismet API key is required if you want to enable any Akismet auto-moderation features in this module. Akismet API key is not required for all Auto-Moderation functions.

You can obtain a Stop Forum Spam API key which is free from stopforumspam.com.

Get your StopForumSpam API Key Here

You can obtain an Akismet API key from Akismet.com.
Akismet offers free and paid API keys so choose your version based on your situation.

Get your Akismet API Key Here

Why it is better than the other anti-spam solutions on vBulletin.org:
  • Works with all of vBulletin 4 functions including Facebook automatic registration.
  • Report spammers that you find to the Stop Forum Spam Database.
  • Report spammers that you find to the Akismet Database.
  • Built-in Auto-moderation.
  • Auto-moderation rules based on post count.
  • Auto-moderation rules based keywords.
  • Auto-moderation rules based Akismet results.
  • Enable or disable any actions that you do not want.
  • Customizable "Registration Rejected" message.
  • Consolidates 4 popular methods of spam prevention into one product.
  • No Manual Template Modifications!
  • Lots of community support!
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Compatibility:
vBulletin 4.0.x

Server Requirements:
Curl or allow_url_fopen must be compiled/enabled into PHP. Ask your web host to enable curl or allow_url_fopen if it is not already available on your server's PHP configuration. (Or just host with GlowHost.com, where it already is

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Donations:

If you like this mod, sure, you can donate!

Donations can be all sorts of things:
1) The "Give Thanks" option in your settings is an optional link back to GlowHost Web Hosting.
2) Tell your friends and others about this mod.
3) If you are in need of web hosting, please consider ordering it from the hosting and development professionals at GlowHost.com who were able to develop this mod to you.
4) Help others who are having trouble with this mod by posting tips and suggestions in this forum thread.
5) Cash! Use the "Support Developer" option on the top right of this page.

When you choose to donate, you are contributing to the product development, bug fixes and new releases for SOM and are helping to feed our hungry developers and their families! In other words, your donations helps to cover the time and money spent to develop this system.

The entire team at GlowHost thanks you for your help and support!

We hope you enjoy the mod!

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Installation:

1) Download the attached file
2) Mark As Installed
3) SOM 2.x does not support updates from the v1.x series.
When upgrading to version 2.x, please, be sure to remove any other existing version of SOM 1.x from the product manager before installing v2.x series. Also make sure to remove /forum/includes/xml/bitfield_glowhostspamomatic.xml from version 1 if you had it installed.

4) Extract the zip file, and view the readme file for the rest of the instructions.

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Original concept credits go to the authors of vBStopForumSpam, MonkeyStop.

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  #1186  
Old 30 Jul 2011, 03:56
Vikingant Vikingant is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
If a spammer is found, you have 2 options. Log and block them from registering, or log and allow them to register. if you allow them to register then the rest of your settings control what happens from there...
I have found that when I have 'log and block' chosen everyone gets blocked and obviously the log and register option lets spammers in. I have EVERYONE going to moderation but its a pain to clear them all. Its much like the 'allow new registrations:yes/no" option.

Is there a setting I may have missed?
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  #1187  
Old 31 Jul 2011, 17:54
4Play 4Play is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
UPDATE:
Was having an error due, in part, to the following line:
functions_ghsom.php

In deleting this mod and doing a full reinstall, Spam-O-Matic now appears to work fine again! Totally thrilled because this mod is essential for any forum
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  #1188  
Old 01 Aug 2011, 00:24
princesspepper princesspepper is offline
 
Join Date: May 2010
Originally Posted by maokaang View Post
Thanks, this is what I've been after too. I did mention this problem in an earlier post, but I think it was misunderstood. This mod does just the job, as homepage links still apprear on profiles when members are banned, so we've been removing them manually. This will cut our workload in half!
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  #1189  
Old 01 Aug 2011, 09:00
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The Rocketeer The Rocketeer is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Any way to ban the user using glowhost from the ACP?

I found some spammers who joined up to put links on their signatures but I cant seem to find the option to ban them from the ACP when you click edit profile.
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  #1190  
Old 01 Aug 2011, 12:55
princesspepper princesspepper is offline
 
Join Date: May 2010
Originally Posted by The Rocketeer View Post
Any way to ban the user using glowhost from the ACP?

I found some spammers who joined up to put links on their signatures but I cant seem to find the option to ban them from the ACP when you click edit profile.
Use the drop down on the right to change the usergroup to banned members.
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  #1191  
Old 01 Aug 2011, 14:33
iamacyborg iamacyborg is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
Uhh, disable the affiliate system + disable the "give thanks" link and your links are gone.

The only pisstake here is your comment.
I did that, enabling the affiliate system added two links, rather than just the one.
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  #1192  
Old 02 Aug 2011, 09:11
maidos maidos is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
sigh your mod caused me alot of headached, when i uninstalled through product manager and then rmeoved the files i get

MySQL Error : Unknown column 'akvbghsfs_akismet_permissions' in 'field list'

so i then tried to reintall reupload the files but when i try uploading the xml file on product manager i NOW get this
Database error in vBulletin 4.1.5:

mysql 5.5.13

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `glowhostspamomatic_log`(
`date` DATETIME NOT NULL,
`ip` VARCHAR(15) NOT NULL,
`email` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`username` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`message` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` TINYINT NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL
) TYPE=MyISAM;;

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064

Last edited by maidos; 02 Aug 2011 at 09:20.
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  #1193  
Old 02 Aug 2011, 13:23
LVC LVC is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Notification of Posts that Need Moderation

Is there a way to setup a notification (email/PM) alert to notify admin or moderator that a post has been placed in moderation and needs to be reviewed?
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  #1194  
Old 02 Aug 2011, 21:49
samanders samanders is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Originally Posted by 4Play View Post
UPDATE:
Was having an error due, in part, to the following line:
functions_ghsom.php

In deleting this mod and doing a full reinstall, Spam-O-Matic now appears to work fine again! Totally thrilled because this mod is essential for any forum
Had the same issue after updating with the same error message, removed and reinstalled and working again many thanks for the advice
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  #1195  
Old 02 Aug 2011, 23:45
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HMBeaty HMBeaty is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Real name: Brooks
Originally Posted by maidos View Post
sigh your mod caused me alot of headached, when i uninstalled through product manager and then rmeoved the files i get

MySQL Error : Unknown column 'akvbghsfs_akismet_permissions' in 'field list'

so i then tried to reintall reupload the files but when i try uploading the xml file on product manager i NOW get this
Database error in vBulletin 4.1.5:

mysql 5.5.13

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `glowhostspamomatic_log`(
`date` DATETIME NOT NULL,
`ip` VARCHAR(15) NOT NULL,
`email` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`username` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`message` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` TINYINT NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL
) TYPE=MyISAM;;

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
Should be:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

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  #1196  
Old 03 Aug 2011, 00:41
MAdotcom MAdotcom is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
I had to disable this product because it left me unable to post (I was getting a blank page after I submitted a post). Anyone have problems posting after they installed this? I really want to use this because I have an overwhelming amount of spam on my site

By the way I am using 4.0.3

Last edited by MAdotcom; 03 Aug 2011 at 01:02.
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  #1197  
Old 03 Aug 2011, 01:58
LVC LVC is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Had a similar problem when I updated to 4.1.5
All you have to do is reinstall or just add the missing file from Spam-o-matic.

If it does not see the file and spam-o-matic is installed (even partially) - it will generate that error.

It was driving me nuts until I figured it out

Originally Posted by samanders View Post
Had the same issue after updating with the same error message, removed and reinstalled and working again many thanks for the advice
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  #1198  
Old 03 Aug 2011, 15:09
sivaganeshk sivaganeshk is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
I am getting this error

MySQL Error : Unknown column 'akvbghsfs_akismet_permissions' in 'field list'
when I make changes to usergroup .
please help
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  #1199  
Old 05 Aug 2011, 11:12
forexforum forexforum is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Can someone help me?

I am having trouble register a forum account via vbulletin mobile android app that I bought as a suite. I noticed the plugin is causing the problem.

Can you help to teach me how to add the code below?


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

But how to insert and where?
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  #1200  
Old 05 Aug 2011, 15:00
sc123 sc123 is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
i cant use "Go Advanced" Posting.. any solution?
thanks!
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